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Episode cast overview:
Roy Marsden ...
Neil Burnside
Willie Caine
David Beames ...
Tom Elliot
Michael Cashman ...
Mike Wallace
Alan MacNaughtan ...
Sir Geoffrey Wellingham
Matthew Peele
Bob Sherman ...
Jeff Ross
Jana Shelden ...
Karen Milner
Peter Laird ...
Edward Tyler
Elizabeth Bennett ...
Diane Lawler
Brian Osborne ...
Paul Haley ...
Lady Greenley
Joan Peters ...
Embassy Guest


When Sandbagger Two Tom Elliot is sent to Sofia on a operation to meet a Bulgarian agent claiming he wants to give information to western intelligence, everything goes wrong and Neil Burnside and Willie Caine go in to try and help save Elliot. Written by kitsilanoca

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THE SANDBAGGERS "At all Costs" 1980

The SANDBAGGERS was a UK series set during the Cold War. The series follows a small unit of the SIS, which deals with various intelligence gathering problems. (Or eliminating said problems) The cast includes Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, David Glyder, Liz Bennett, Richard Vernon, Bob Sherman and Jerome Willis. The series ran for 20 episodes between 1978 and 1980.This is the 8th episode of the production run. This episode is set a year after the events of the previous episode.

Roy Marsden is in charge of a covert action section of the UK Secret Service, the SIS.

A source in Sofia, Bulgaria, sends an urgent message that the head of the Bulgarian Secret Service would like to pass on some information. The Bulgarian requests a secret meeting and asks for one of the "Sandbaggers" by name. The Bulgarian will only pass the info to this man. The meeting has to take place in Bulgaria within 24 hours, or no deal.

Roy Marsden, who is still upset over the loss of an agent in East Berlin the year before, is rather inclined to say no to the offer. He is sure the Bulgarians and their Soviet masters are laying a trap to grab a "Sandbagger". The odour of a large rodent in the cheese cupboard hangs over the whole thing.

Marsden's bosses though, see a chance at a major intelligence coup, and push Marsden to agree to the meeting. The "Sandbagger" in question, David Beames, is quickly brought up to speed on the Bulgarian he is to meet. Marsden arranges for Beames to have a hideaway in Sofia in case he needs to hide out.

Marsden, unable to shake that uneasy feeling gets on the horn to his CIA contact, Bob Sherman. The American thinks that the Bulgarian might be in trouble with his bosses over some bungled operations. Sherman believes that the man is looking for a safe harbour on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

Beames is sent in to make the rendezvous. The meeting in a dark alley starts smoothly with Beames receiving a large envelope of papers. Then the lights snap on and 8 or 9 Bulgarian Security Police rush in. Shots are fired, but Beames manages to hotfoot it away while collecting a bullet in the back. He just barely makes it to the hideaway apartment and collapses.

Marsden, back in London, hears through the local embassy etc that the deal has been pranged. The Bulgarian had been grabbed up by his own mob and was likely in for a long "interview". No word on Beames so it is assumed he made it to the bolthole.

Marsden and his number one, Ray Lonnen, fly out to Bulgaria on fake passports for a look. They carefully check out the apartment and find the near dead Beames. He turns over the envelope which is a list of Bulgarian agents in the West. The Bulgarian had been on the up and up. Beames figures that the man was under surveillance by his own Security boys. Beames expires several minutes later. The information is then sent back to the UK by diplomatic courier.

This is a fairly tense episode which definitely holds the viewer's attention.

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